A Marriage Boost

June 7, 2014

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Even the best of couples can use an occasional marriage boost.

Maybe it has been a long time since you’ve had a “just you” date or getaway.
Perhaps your family outings have been just that.
Or it just may be the busyness of everyday life.

You sense your marriage could use a boost. Things aren’t even that bad, or perhaps they are even better than they used to be.

I have a good, easy reading, book for you (even the guys will like it.)

In my reading habits, I am always looking to sharpen my skills or read things which challenge me in my key relationships.

This focus leads me to often read books on spiritual growth and leadership. Currently, I find myself in a different season where I am reading more books focused on my key relationships, covering the topics of parenting and marriage.

I recently finished a very enjoyable book on marriage, Fun Loving You: Enjoying Your Marriage in the Midst of the Grind by Ted Cunningham.

While any couple would benefit from this book, I would say ideally it is not a book for engaged or newlywed couples as much as it is a spark for those who have been married awhile. It is especially good for those partners coming out of the young child phase where life is so busy. This is a natural stage where you want a bit of a marriage check-up.

The backdrop of the book is Song of Solomon. While I agree with the author’s applications, I do not think the book was written by Solomon. The “fun-loving you” premise loses some weight if Solomon turned from the wonderful Shulamite woman into the arms of 700 wives and 300 concubines! That said, the “fun-loving you” applications stand if it was an ordinary Israelite or King Solomon. The key is an exclusive relationship.

Cunningham has a good section on the “daily delay, weekly withdrawal and annual abandon.” He goes in-depth into each of these, offering practical suggestions for how to make this happen in real life. He is a pastor with a flexible schedule, but I feel all couple’s who make an effort, perhaps getting creative, can prioritize this on a regular basis. The goal being some regular intervals of marriage focused time.

There are a number of great thoughts for parenting as well, particularly his emphasis that children do not run the show! Too many families and marriages cater their entire lives towards the needs of the children. Decay sets in and when the kids leave, so has the marriage.

Cunningham includes many practical lists of questions to consider and conversations to start. And of course, as in any marriage boost book, there are portions on a couple’s sex life. See, I told you the men would appreciate this book!

Don’ t delay. Boost your marriage today. Rhyme without trying.

Pick up one of the most light-hearted and enjoyable reads on marriage I have found.

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Chris

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A missionary teacher for 24 years currently living in South Africa. I am a recovering superhero, daily in need of the grace of God